Albertsons Cos. has appointed current Denver Division President Susan Morris to the position of EVP of retail operations over its East Region. Morris is filling the vacancy created when Kelly Griffith announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the Boise, Idaho-based company.
Since March 2015, Morris has led the company’s Denver Division team, overseeing more than 130 stores in five states. She joined Albertsons when she was 16 years old as a customer service clerk in Colorado and worked at store level until she graduated from Colorado State University when she accepted a job at the division office. Her career has spanned roles from store director to corporate grocery sales director, VP of bakery and operations and, upon the sale of Albertson’s Inc.’s assets to Supervalu, VP of customer satisfaction. In 2010, she was SVP of sales and merchandising when she left Supervalu to join Albertsons. In March 2013, Morris moved from her role as VP of marketing and merchandising for the Southwest Division to Intermountain Division president.
“Starting at an entry-level position and working your way up to a leadership role is very much alive and well at Albertsons Cos., and Susan is the latest example of that,” said COO Wayne Denningham. “In the span of our company’s history, we have helped to develop some of the greatest retail leaders in the industry today, and Susan is certainly an excellent addition to that list. Her experience in grocery is invaluable both as an operator and a merchant. We look forward to her taking on this key role as we look to continue to grow and strengthen our operation while furthering our goal of becoming the favorite local supermarket across the nearly 2,300 neighborhoods we serve.”